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SI Grammar and Spelling Lab
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How many times have you seen incorrect grammatical constructions/spelling errors on SI that set your teeth on edge? That tempted you to send a rude note to the offender(s)?

Conversely: how many times have you posted a message, wondering whether the way you are expressing yourself may actually sabotage what you are trying to express?

This thread is devoted to detailing & discussing common irritating errors, with the hope of eradicating them once and for all.

Let's start with "it's" for "its." Folks -- "it's" is a contraction for "it is." "Its" is a possessive pronoun. EXAMPLE: "It's nice that the stock has hit its all-time high."

The source of this confusion is pretty clear. Possessives usually use an apostrophe, as in "John's hat," "the girl's dress," or (plural), "the girls' dresses." But where the possessive of "it" is concerned, remember -- no apostrophe! Please!

More to come!
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4572Spotted dogs or Seen canines Gray were the five young dogs, seen playing all ovGraystone-11/4/2020
4571as does "five playful young spotted dogs". My ear prefers the 'yoStan-11/3/2020
4570The example at the link - The spotted young playful five dogs ran and jumped allTimF-11/3/2020
4569"Don't learn a language, acquire it." The idea is taken from how kStan211/3/2020
4568Isn't it curious that native English speakers have an intuitive understandinValuepro-11/3/2020
4567(Don't try this at your local donut store) "I'd like glazed, largeStan-11/2/2020
4566When to use "into" and when to use "in to." wordgenius.comStan110/29/2020
4565VP, you've got that right! I don't understand why American music is fillStan110/29/2020
4564I made the mistake of trying to listen to this before reading the explanation. TValuepro110/25/2020
4563Adriano Celentano - Prisencolinensinainciusol [youtube video] youtube.com The sTimF110/25/2020
4562And the man who married your father's sister (making him and uncle) could haValuepro-10/2/2020
4561Seems to me there should be a way in English to distinguish between your father&DMaA-10/2/2020
4560A SELECT VESTRY. “Vell, Sir, vot I says I’ll stick to.” “Yes, Sir, like vax, aJoachim K-10/2/2020
45592020 Winners of the Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest bulwer-lytton.comTom Clarke29/29/2020
4558Odd is a good word for the denizens of that walled board, another good word woulJoachim K19/29/2020
4557That seems an odd board anyway, probably reflective of the founders personality.Valuepro-9/29/2020
4556Does not belong on the thread. Needs to find a conservative thread where he can Joachim K-9/29/2020
4555From where were you banned?Valuepro-9/29/2020
4554I was banned for drawing attention to this book. gutenberg.org Does not beloJoachim K-9/29/2020
4553The letter to "Deer jemes" is from a book on English usage from 1840 LJoachim K-9/29/2020
4552I appreciate your response but I think many of us observers are missing the factValuepro19/29/2020
4551my Deer jemes wen fust i sawed yu doun the middle and up agin att Vite condick Joachim K-9/29/2020
4550[graphic]Tom Clarke29/23/2020
4549Language is as plastic as our brains. It is folly to think we can, or should frDMaA-9/22/2020
4548English it the most changing and changeable language on earth. It is hard to loValuepro29/22/2020
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